Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (1966)

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Revealing mistake: 1990s: When Barnabas and Julia time travel into the 1990s, they find Mrs. Johnson's body tied to a tree. While a crazed Carolyn accuses them of killing her, the "corpse" blinks several times.

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Other mistake: 1966: Standing over the doctor's microscope, Burke blows his line to Woodward: "When you examine it under the microphone, it doesn't show any mystery at all."

Jean G

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Audio problem: 1840: During a graveyard scene, the village bells are tolling the hour, but someone forgets to kill the sound effects tape. The chimes strike sixteen-o'clock.

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Other mistake: 1967: The death of Sam Evans didn't play out according to the script. That's because the cameraman accidentally knocked the teleprompter off (with a loud crash), causing the dying "Sam" to sit up and yell "Where is it?!" "Maggie" ad libbed, "Never mind, Pop. It's going to be OK." Poor Sam then had to expire without delivering any poignant last words to his grieving daughter.

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Revealing mistake: David is trapped in the Collins mausoleum, but doesn't yet know about the moving stone in the stairs that will allow him to open the door. At one point he moans and lies down on the stairs, which causes the "heavy" stone to flop around. He gently moves it back.

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Other mistake: 1897: Barnabas forgets his verbal 'shopping list' of five potion ingredients as he delivers it to a servant. He says, "Now go into town and collect Magda's herbs and, uh, herbs and, well whatever else it is she needs."

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Continuity mistake: The newly-cured Barnabas, wearing a red striped bathrobe, screams when Dr. Woodward opens the drapes to let the sunlight in. When the same scene is recapped the next day, Barnabas is suddenly wearing a solid blue bathrobe.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: Jeff Clark runs terror-stricken out of a cemetery and accidentally stumbles over a tombstone. The 'granite' marker falls over with a hollow thud.

Jean G

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Revealing mistake: 1795: Ben, complaining that Angelique is always watching him, backs into a large, tall tree trunk in the cemetery. The "tree" wobbles and sways when he bumps it.

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Revealing mistake: 1968: A shot of Barnabas and Julia taken through the small window in the cellar door apparently obscured Jonathan Frid's view of the all-important red light. Obviously thinking himself off-camera, Frid took a moment to clean the inside of one nostril with his index finger.

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Factual error: 1968: The basement's brick wall crumbles to reveal Trask's skeleton hanging in the alcove. Only it shouldn't be. Bodies do not remain assembled once the flesh and sinew are gone. Trask's remains ought to be a large pile of bones on the floor.

Jean G

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Other mistake: 1897: Valerie Collins is supposed to praising Collinwood. But instead, she gushes, "Hollywood. I never imagined I'd see it."

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Suggested correction: I listened to this carefully and it is incorrect. She does, in fact, say Collinwood. The enunciation is just a bit muddled.

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Still sounds like "Hollywood" to me. But the correct name, in any case, is "Collinwood," not "Collonwood."

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Other mistake: 1840 Parallel Time: Julia Collins suffers from a bad case of tangle-tongue syndrome when she says, "Don't you think that I would like to help Bramwell gill the coast of Brutus Collins?"

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Revealing mistake: 1795: When an angry Lt. Forbes rushes out Collinwood's front door and tries to slam it, the flimsy set door not only doesn't slam, it bounces back open. The supposedly in-a-hurry lieutenant comes back and gently re-closes the door.

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Continuity mistake: 1967: "Dark Shadows"' taping schedule seldom permitted retakes. Consequently, hundreds of goofs ended up on the air. Perhaps the funniest of them all occurred in a scene inside the Collins mausoleum, where the late Louis Edmonds was supposed to say, "Some of my ancestors are buried here." What came out was "Some of my incestors are buried here." To his credit, Edmonds not only kept his cool, but laughed and corrected the mistake in character.

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Revealing mistake: 1967: The dying Dr. Lang fumbles with a reel-to-reel recorder, making a tape that we'll hear over and over again later on. Only he "records" his message with the machine turned off: the reels aren't moving.

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Other mistake: 1968: When David and Amy discover Quentin's sealed room, the youthful performers forget to stop on cue and skip to lines from their next scene. The view cuts to Liz and Roger in the drawing room, but the voices of David and Amy excitedly continue from the set next door.

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Continuity mistake: Over the course of many Dark Shadows episodes set in the year 1795, Countess Natalie Dupres' dark, distinct, three-dimensional facial mole changes sides from left jaw to right jaw, briefly vanishes altogether, then returns as a faint, painted beauty mark on her right jaw.

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Factual error: 1966: Ohrbach's, the fashion house that supplied Dark Shadows with costumes throughout its run, suffered the indignity of seeing its name misspelled as "Orhbach's" in many of the 1966 credit crawls.

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Audio problem: 1966: While Constable Carter is grilling Burke Devlin, you can hear crew members talking loudly backstage. In apparent annoyance, "Burke" raises his voice and all but shouts his next line.

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Quentin Collins: If only we could find a way of telling the truth without anyone knowing what actually happened.

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Trivia: A prominent first-season character, Burke Devlin was originally portrayed by actor Mitchell Ryan. However, Ryan was abruptly fired from the show in 1967 due to his alcoholism. Actor Anthony George assumed the remainder of the role until Burke Devlin's death (in a plane crash) in 1968.

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Question: Which 1967 episode or what specific story line has Louis Edmonds in close-up because he didn't have time to put his pants back on?

Pkelly

Answer: It's probably episode 193 (even though the slate at the beginning says 58). It's the episode with Sam demanding that Roger return his paintings. Three clues from the Dark Shadows Companion and from the comments of Kathryn Leigh Scott and Louis Edmonds all agree that 1) Scott is in the episode and is done for the day prior to Edmonds without his pants; 2) Edmonds is wearing a smoking jacket, and 3) Edmonds is leaning on the mantle (which is actually the cabinet where the liquor is, because the fireplace mantle is too high to lean on and the bench in front of it prevents getting too close to). There are several "breaks" in the lengthy scene where commercial were probably inserted, and all of the shots are above the waist. The previously mentioned episode 54 has Edmonds in a suit and Scott isn't in the episode; episode 54 doesn't have Edmonds or Scott; and episode 86 only has Edmonds in a suit.

Lou Edmonds was a consummate actor and would not forget that he had a lengthy scene to perform. Rather, in Episode 86, Edmonds more understandably forgot that he had to perform one last 15-second scene (a simple toast). He had removed his shoes and pants before he was reminded of the final, brief shot, and he hurried back to complete it.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: There seems to be some confusion among Dark Shadows fans as to the episode: Some claim it was Episode 54, while others claim it was Episode 85. However, the scene actually appeared in Episode 86. Louis Edmonds (as Roger Collins) thought he had completed all his shots for the day and was removing his costume when he was reminded that he had one more shot. With only seconds to spare, Edmonds hurried back to the set without his pants or shoes (some whispering and shuffling is heard in the background just before the camera goes live). Whereupon, with an amused expression, Edmonds pours himself a brandy and strolls across the study before delivering his last line, a toast: "Miss Victoria Winters, no matter where you are." The shot was slightly adjusted to only cover Edmonds from the elbows-up.

Charles Austin Miller

Thank you so much! I had it narrowed down to 3 episodes and the actual one was among them. Thank you again.

Answer: Yes...episode 193 is the only episode to include all three clues (character Maggie appears earlier, character Roger is in a smoking jacket, and lastly, he has brandy in hand and elbows are atop the liquor cabinet. It the last scene in the black and whit episode where Sam Evans is demanding that his paintings back from Roger. And if you keep your eyes on Sam, you will see him glance downward twice at Roger. This eoisode is in Collection 6, disk 2 and even though it's listed in the Dark Shadows Companion as episode 193, the slate at the very beginning says episode 58.

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